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  • Seattle tunneling machine ‘Bertha’ hits another snag

    SEATTLE — Seattle’s downtown tunneling project has hit another snag. The Washington Department of Transportation said Monday that “Bertha,” the boring machine digging the tunnel, has hit some sort of obstruction. Crews are working to determine if the obstruction is natural or part of a man-made structure. According to the Seattle Times, drilling was halted Friday night along the waterfront between South Jackson Street and South Main Street. Officials are unsure of how to clear the blocking object, and have […]

  • Band boosters help reunite couple with engagement ring

    It was the proposal that almost wasn’t. Jesse Kearney and Amanda Stout, from Selah, Wash., planned to see their favorite band, Pearl Jam, playing at the Spokane Arena on Saturday. Kearney planned to use the occasion to propose to Stout, The Spokesman-Review reported. Everything was perfect until they stopped at a rest stop on Interstate 90 in Sprague. Kearney, 31, had the ring in a small pouch in his pocket. When they later checked into their hotel in Spokane, the […]

  • Gun-rights initiative closer to 2014 ballot

    SEATTLE — Supporters of an initiative to forbid universal background checks on gun sales in Washington state beyond the federal requirements have turned in their first batch of petitions to qualify for the 2014 ballot. Backers of Initiative 591 say they’ve gathered 340,000 signatures, more than enough to send the measure to voters. I-591 would make it illegal for any government agency to require background checks beyond federal standards. The initiative would also prevent the government from confiscating guns or […]

  • Holiday traffic data helps Seattle drivers avoid worst congestion

    SEATTLE — As we enter the unofficial kickoff to the holiday travel and shopping season, Kirkland-based INRIX is providing drivers with a gift. Traffic analysts at INRIX looked at three years of holiday travel data to help people avoid the worst traffic. On Wednesday, November 27, drivers are predicted to spend 20 to 45 percent more time on the road compared to a typical Wednesday, according to the data. Traffic out of Seattle ramps up at noon and drops off […]

  • Washington Christmas tree makes 5,000-mile journey to D.C.

    WASHINGTON — After a cross-country tour of more than 5,000 miles, a Christmas tree from Washington’s Colville National Forest arrived Monday at the nation’s Capitol. The 88-foot Engelmann Spruce traveled on a tractor-trailer through Idaho, down to Texas, east through Tennessee and then to Pennsylvania before reaching its final destination. Each year a different national forest is chosen to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree, or “The People’s Tree.” The tradition began in 1964 when House Speaker John W. McCormack, D-Mass., […]

  • Mayor-elect Ed Murray comes to aid of bicyclist

    Seattle’s Mayor-elect also earned the title of good samaritan Wednesday morning when Ed Murray helped a bicyclist who had fallen in Capitol Hill, The Seattle Times reported. Murray was riding in a vehicle with his Seattle police security detail on Lakeview Boulevard East when they came upon a woman who had crashed her bike, Murray spokesman Jeff Reading told the Times. Murray and his security got out and gave the 24-year-old woman some towels for her face. They stayed with […]

  • Feds: Nurse’s painkiller thefts nearly killed Kirkland patient

    SEATTLE — Alleged drug thefts by a Seattle area nurse have led to federal charges after a patient at a Kirkland plastic surgery office suffered a life-threatening seizure. Federal prosecutors accuse Angela Huffman of stealing painkillers and replacing the containers with similar-looking medications. In one incident, the switch resulted in a woman being given a stimulant instead of a sedative before surgery. A nurse described the patient convulsing and appearing “possessed,” according to court documents. A doctor interviewed by the […]

  • Seattle gives OK to 30-story First Hill apartment

    SEATTLE — The city has approved plans for a 30-story apartment tower at 8th Ave. and Columbia St. in First Hill, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. The building will include 287 apartments ranging from studios to 2-bedrooms above 234 parking spaces and a 9,000-square-foot neighborhood park. Seattle firm Weber Thompson designed the building for developer Alecta. The East Design Review Board approved plans for the tower in August. An Alecta representative told Urbnlivn the building could end up being offered as […]

  • $10,000 ticket for driver who killed Everett cyclist

    KING COUNTY — A Kirkland man who fatally struck a cyclist on Evergreen Way last year will not face criminal charges, The Herald reported. Instead, Everett police detectives issued the man a $10,287 ticket for second-degree negligent driving. Trent Graham, 30, was killed on Oct. 17, 2012, while riding his bicycle home from work at Gregg’s Cycle in Alderwood. He was on Evergreen Way just south of SW Everett Mall Way when a southbound pickup truck drifted across three lanes […]